Lupe Fiasco is no stranger to stirring up discussion in hip hop, and that's exactly what he set out to do with his new song and video "B---h Bad" from his forthcoming album Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. The track, which premiered on Wednesday, takes a close look at the phrase "bad b---h" and the impact it has on Black culture.
"I just wanted to have a conversation. It was more to just put it out in the world and see what happens," Lu said after premiering the video on RapFix Live.
The song contains the hook "B---h bad, woman good, lady better, they misunderstood." Both the track and video are broken up into three short narratives, which together depict a young boy and girl who grow up with different connotations of what it means to be a "bad b---h."
"I think it's something that's very subtle — the idea of it, the 'bad b----s' it's very subtle but it definitely has some destructive elements to it," Lupe said. "It has some troubling elements to it. Especially when you look at who it's being marketed towards. That's why we put the children in the video.
"Even if we don't come to a definition about it, even if we don't come to an agreement about it ... it's definitely something that I think we should talk about because it's so prevalent in our culture right now," Lupe said.
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